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mole definition
by Deanna Cullen
Sat, 08/15/2015 - 21:40

What is your definition of the term “mole” in chemistry? Many articles have been written about the term and the confusion surrounding it. It was not considered an SI unit (with an IUPAC definition) until 1971. IUPAC is considering a change to the 1971 definition. There has been discussion about whether the SI definition of the mole as determined by IUPAC necessarily needs to be identical to the definition used by chemists and teachers. This article provides a short list of some recent JCE articles discussing the change and what it might mean for teachers while also considering some misconceptions related to the mole in chemistry class.

 
Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
Journal of Chemical Education August 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:55

Using Models and Modeling To Teach

The August 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers.  This issue includes articles on modeling instruction; Lewis dot structure model; molecular models; using models to teach crystal symmetry; introductory activities and labs; organic chemistry investigations and tools for engagement; enabling chemistry training for low vision or blind students; chemical education research in the literature; celebrating the work of Melanie Cooper; forensic chemistry articles from past issues.

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
Backward Design PBL
by Tracy.Schloemer
Sat, 08/08/2015 - 11:44

Check out this overview of what a PBL unit has looked like in my classroom. I provide concrete examples and an outline of how I plan a project.

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Recent activity: 6 months 4 days ago
Journal of Chemical Education July 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 15:36

Encouraging Meaningful Learning

The July 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/7. This issue includes articles on summer book recommendations; biochemistry; web-based learning; assessment; organic chemistry; physical chemistry; carbon footprint activities. 

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
ChemEd X cooling towel
by Deanna Cullen
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 14:51

ChemEd X is excited to participate in the ChemEd 2015 conference that begins July 28 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. We hope to see you at our booth (#18).

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Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
Journal of Chemical Education June 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Fri, 06/12/2015 - 07:35

Extending and Deepening Student Understanding

The June 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/6. This issue includes articles on curriculum; assessment; inorganic chemistry; investigating galvanic cells & exploring LEDs; atomic structure; nanochemistry laboratories; physical chemistry in the lab; synthesis.

 
Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
AACT
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Mon, 05/25/2015 - 20:47

Like many of our readers I am a charter member of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT).

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
Journal of Chemical Education May 2015 Cover
by Mary Saecker
Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:40

Teaching the Relevance of Chemistry

The May 2015 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers at http://pubs.acs.org/toc/jceda8/92/5. This issue includes articles on drugs & pharmaceuticals; health; food; plants; exploring viscosity; new approaches to teaching organic chemistry; computer-assisted learning; scents & flavors.

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
Halloween demo
by Kayode Oshin
Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:46

An outline for the Halloween Chemistry Show Demonstration at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN, is presented. Organized by Saint Mary’s Affiliate of the American Chemical Society (SMAACS) student club, this show has become an annual event with an average attendance of over 200 people. The club’s main goal is to generate interest in the sciences among children; while stimulating a pursuit for continued education and hopefully future careers in STEM fields. The Halloween Chemistry Show aspires to that goal by providing an interactive experience for all children in attendance while presenting thought-provoking demonstrations for the entire audience.

 

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago
AP Chem
by Erica Posthuma-Adams
Sun, 05/03/2015 - 11:32

As I write this, it is the day before the national AP Chemistry exam.  We’ve been working toward this day since August.  We’ve endured late hours, broken crucibles, anxiety, and tears.  I’ve run weekend and evening review sessions, we’ve taken practice tests,

Recent activity: 8 months 3 weeks ago